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Johnson Smith Catalog Item #9

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Of course any lady would be thrilled to be presented with a "real dimond," especially if you told her it was her engagement ring, and then have a cap explode in her face!

From the 1930s catalog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 21, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Destruction, Explosives, Jewelry, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930's, Jokes

Happy Fourth!

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Everyone please have a safe holiday!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 04, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Destruction, Holidays

About Fallout

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 05, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Destruction, PSA's, Technology, War, Weapons, 1950's

Solar Death Ray



Now that is a science project!

Read more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 31, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Destruction, Education, Hobbies and DIY, Science, Experiments, Technology, Teenagers

The Draining of Lake Peigneur

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 03, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, Disasters, Stupidity, 1980's

More Dangerous Than Dynamite!



Petroleum and tidiness: a bad combo.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 15, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Domestic

House Fire Caused By… Spontaneous Combustion!?

Spontaneous combustion is a type of combustion which occurs without an external ignition source. It's also fairly uncommon. But this summer, in Little Rock, Arkansas, an insurance claims adjuster concluded that the fire that caused $20,000 worth of damage to the Duncan's home was a classic case. Brian Duncan said a flowerpot on the porch was the culprit. You can read the full article here.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Tue Aug 31, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, Domestic, Science, More Things To Worry About

I Feel More Secure Already

I stumbled across this essay quite by accident. I was laughing at the image to the right (seriously? snow globes? they must have watched that short by Pixar where the itty bitty plastic snowman tries to blow up his globe to reach the hot mermaid in the snow globe next to his and they thought it was reality TV). Under that image was a link to the following essay, Terrorism, Tweezers, and Terminal Madness: An Essay On Security. It's not a short read, but it is definitely worth reading if you want a pilot's perspective on what airline security has become since September 11, 2001. Perhaps even more interesting is the list of air crimes at the end of the essay, sorted by date, starting in 1970.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sun Aug 08, 2010 | Comments (9)
Category: Crime, Destruction, Disasters, Explosives, Flight, Terrorism and Terrorists

World Custard Pie Championship

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 22, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Destruction, Food, Europe

A Little Light Weirdness – 9

Technology
First up, apologies if this post contains more typos than usual, I'm sending it from my new ultra-small netbook and I'm still getting used to its itty-bitty keyboard. Which brings me nicely to my first story. That according to a survey for satellite channel SKY-HD, British consumers waste £52 billion a year on hi-tech features they don't use. For example, half of the people polled did not know their high definition television also required a hi-def signal source such as a blu-ray player or HD satellite receiver – like the ones sold by SKY-HD perhaps (Telegraph).

And it's not just the the British, military officials in Russia recently discovered 100 front-line battletanks parked and forgotten by the side of the road near Yekaterinburg in the Urals. Locals say the tanks, which were unguarded and unlocked, have been there for several months and lack only ammunition and the all important starter keys (Reuters).

Someone who might have had a use for those tanks were guests at a wedding in New Delhi in India recently. The Hindu ceremony was somewhat marred when an elephant hired for the event went on a rampage after becoming aroused by the smell of a nearby female in heat. The amorous pachyderm then proceeded to crush 20 limousines, smash through a nearby mall and mount a truck before it could be tranquilised (Orange).

Also losing it this week was the man on the RyanAir flight who found he had won 10,000 euros on a scratchcard he bought on the budget flight from Poland to the UK. Furious that the airline had not seen fit to equip all their planes with the requisite amount of cash onboard, hence he could not be given his prize there and then as he demanded, the unnamed passenger ate the winning card rather than wait to claim it at his destination (BBC News).

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